24 Cookbooks You Will Want on Your Kitchen Counter

Have you ever been to a friend or family member’s house – or envied those perfect kitchens on Instagram – that have a series of cookbooks lined up on the counter that make them look like a Food Network star? The great part is, you only need one cookbook on your kitchen counter to get started! There are so many online resources & recipes available at our fingertips, but there is just something about going through a physical cookbook to pick out the recipes you’ll be making that week, for a special date night, or a dinner party with friends & family. Plus, many of your favorite food bloggers and chefs you see on television have cookbooks of their own! Whether you’re a clean eater, vegetarian, vegan, or full-on carnivore, we’ve rounded up 24 cookbooks that you will definitely want to display in your home.

Take a look at 24 cookbook ideas (in no particular order) that will get your mouth watering. Click on the title or photo to shop! & remember, that dream cookbook shelf of yours starts with just one!

Eat More Plants by Molly Krebs

Recently released, this cookbook from the blogger behind Spices in my DNA focuses on incorporating more vegetables on your plate. Eating more vegetables is always one of our New Year resolutions, so we’re excited to make it an enjoyable experience with these 75 recipes.

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook by Tieghan Gerard

If you love cooking a wide range of foods – from super healthy to deliciously indulgent – you’ll love this cookbook from the blogger behind Half Baked Harvest. It is filled with easy dinners, crockpot recipes, breakfast options, appetizers, pastas & pizzas, and of course desserts.

What’s Gaby Cooking by Gaby Dalkin

Gaby Dalkin was one of the first food bloggers we fell in love with & we can only imagine how delicious all of the recipes in her very own cookbook must taste. Williams-Sonoma is even selling her cookbook (featuring 125 recipes!) along with three of her seasonings as a bundle!

The Pretty Dish by Jessica Merchant

We love that the blogger behind How Sweet Eats created this wholesome cookbook featuring over 150 recipes, in addition to 50 beauty DIYs.

Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi & Palestinian chef Sami Tamimi teamed up to share a cookbook that encompasses the diverse culture & dishes in Jerusalem with over 120 vibrant recipes. You might recognize Yotam from MasterChef Australia!

The Love & Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio

We love the concept behind Jeanine of Love & Lemons first cookbook. It features 120 vegetarian recipes & the recipe chapters are organized by vegetable. How cool is that? She wanted home cooks to be inspired by what they found at the grocery store or farmer’s market, the same way she gets her own inspiration.

Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

We’ve loved Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa since we first saw her on the Food Network when we were kids. She’s timeless & so are her recipes. We love the relationship she has with her husband Jeffrey, and we can only imagine what she’s cooked up for him in this cookbook.

Thug Kitchen

For your friends who like to cook, but find it hard to follow directions without some sort of entertainment, Thug Kitchen is the way to go. The no-nonsense cookbook is filled with recipes we want to make for lunches, dinners & entertaining.

The Clean Plate by Gwyneth Paltrow

This is likely the healthiest cookbook on our list. Created by Gwyneth Paltrow (who we’ve loved since we first saw View From The Top), the cookbook also shares eating plans & tips from goop’s team of nutrition experts and doctors.

Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen

We love that Chrissy Teigen is as funny as she is beautiful & we can’t wait to dive into her second cookbook. All of the recipes we’ve seen featured so far look amazing & if they’re good enough for John Legend & Chrissy Teigen, they’re good enough for us. She also has a collection called Cravings available at Target that we love!

Giada’s Italy: My Recipes for La Dolce Vita by Giada De Laurentiis

We grew up watching Giada on the Food Network. Her latest cookbook shares photos from her hometown of Rome, Italy, as well as Italian recipes with a California twist. We personally can’t wait to try her Bruschetta with Burrata and Kale Salsa Verde.

Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines

Who doesn’t love Joanna Gaines? We’ve seen every Fixer Upper episode & love how cute & loving the entire family is. Her cookbook shares 125 classic, comfort recipes that inspired the menu at the Gaines’ new restaurant in Waco, Texas.

Love & Lemons Every Day by Jeanine Donofrio

The second cookbook from the blogger behind Love & Lemons, the approach to this cookbook is all about transforming ingredients & keeping cooking easy while doing it. There are over 100 vegetarian recipes inside this cookbook, and we can’t wait to try them!

Healthyish by Lindsay Maitland Hunt

The name says it all & it’s how we like to live. You’ll find 131 recipes with easy-to-follow instructions that use easy-to-find ingredients & utilize as few pots and pans as possible. Plus, the cover alone is pretty enough to display on your coffee table.

The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen by Samantha Ferraro

We’ve been hearing so much about the ‘Mediterranean diet,’ and we’re so excited to add more Mediterranean recipes to our repertoire. This cookbook focuses on easy recipes that you won’t dread making… even on a week night. Another thing we love? Each recipe features a full-page photo of the end result!

Platters & Boards by Shelly Westerhausen

Yet another cookbook that’s pretty enough to display on your coffee table, this cookbook by the blogger behind Vegetarian Ventures shares 40 different platters & boards for sharing with friends & family. She also suggests meat & drink pairings!

Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi

Another book by renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi, we love that this cookbook takes a new approach to vegetarian cooking. We’re always trying to incorporate more vegetables in our diets (even as life-long vegetarians!) & this cookbook should do the trick. Also, who knew vegetables alone could be SO gorgeous?

Tu Casa Mi Casa by Enrique Olvera

We fell in love with Enrique Olvera & his passion for food when he was a judge on The Final Table on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a favor & check it out.

The Taco Tuesday Cookbook by Laura Fuentes

We love the concept of this cookbook by Laura Fuentes, the founder of MOMables.com. The cookbook gives readers 52 different taco recipes, enough for a full year of Taco Tuesday celebrations! We get in a rut of always making the same delicious taco recipe, so this cookbook will inspire a bit of taco diversity!

Whole Bowls by Allison Day

With the popularity of fast-casual restaurants like Sweetgreen & Cava, bowls are becoming the cool thing when it comes to a healthy lunch or dinner. We love how this entire cookbook by Allison Day, the blogger behind Yummy Beet, is dedicated to bowls that provide the ultimate nutrition.

Vegetarian India by Madhur Jaffrey

Often called the godmother of Indian cooking, Madhur Jaffrey’s cookbook is wholly vegetarian & features over 200 north and south Indian recipes. She also includes photographs from her travels!

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Ama: A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen by Josef Centeno

We don’t get to downtown LA often, but when we do we like to visit Bar Ama & now we can recreate our favorites at home. The latest cookbook from the James Beard award-winning chef behind Bar Ama, Bacö Mercat & more comes out October 1st, 2019.

Half Baked Harvest Super Simple by Tieghan Gerard

We love Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest & her latest cookbook comes out October 29, 2019. It features over 125 easy recipes that save you time & energy – fewer ingredients, meal-prepping, easy entertaining, and more – we can’t wait to try out the recipes and add staples to our lunch & dinner routines.

Bobby at Home by Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay not only has a number of restaurants & shows on Food Network, but he also has a long list of cookbooks to his name. We’re most excited by his next cookbook, out September 24, 2019, that shares approachable recipes & advice for home cooks. P.S. We highly recommend watching Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network – his dishes always pack a lot of flavor & we’re sure the meals in his cookbook will be no different.

If you loved this cookbook roundup, you’ll love our list of 20 coffee table books to buy for yourself or as gifts! You may also enjoy finding out our favorite food bloggers to follow on Instagram.

Let us know if you’ve purchased any of the cookbooks in our roundup & what your favorite recipes are! If you have any other ideas for cookbooks to buy, please let us know in the comments.